Michael Freund, Associate AIA, LEED®Green Associate
“Our Opportunity, as designers, is to learn how to handle the complexity, rather than shy away from it, and to realize that the big art of design is to make complicated things simple”
- Tim Parsey
“As an architect you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown” - Norman Foster
Born and raised in a developing subdivision, Michael grew up observing and exploring neighboring buildings throughout construction and would scavenge materials and building techniques to build tree forts in the surrounding forest landscape. During his early education, he gained experience with general contractors and landscape maintenance companies and soon discovered a love for design. He attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he earned a Bachelor’s in Architectural Studies. In concluding his bachelor studies, Michael participated in a studio that researched development strategies in Chandigarh India, and published a book titled Chandigarh re-think: transforming ruralities & edge(ness) in global urbanities. Shortly after this project, he started designing educational and municipal buildings with a local Milwaukee company. He gained valuable knowledge related to developing projects from schematic design to construction administration and loves the varying challenges that present themselves in each phase of design.
Developing an interest in sustainable design, Michael decided to move out west to Seattle where he now welcomes the temperate climate and gloomy rainy days. He appreciates having a connection to nature and being able to spend his free time mountain biking, hiking, longboarding, and camping.
He is now studying to become a licensed architect and obtaining a LEED®AP certification. He still has
an interest in going back to school for a Master’s in Architecture after licensure. He hopes to study
educational typologies and explore hands-on learning styles.